Prepare Your Home For The Market
The more effort you put in the following tips, the faster your house will sell, and the more $ you will put in your pocket.
- Make cosmetic improvements:
An attractive, clean and tidy appearance will enhance your home’s appeal.
- Keep the lawn mowed & walks cleared
- Wash the windows squeaky clean
- Open the shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
- Declutter the house, especially the kitchen and bathrooms
- Pay attention to details:
Fixing the minor items can go a long way toward improving that important first impression
- Repair leaky faucets
- Tighten loose door knobs
- Replace damaged screens
- Replace broken panes of glass – cloudy sealed-pane units can often be replaced inexpensively, and will drastically improve the appearance of a window or patio door.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs & broken light fixtures
- Secure loose railings
- Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
- Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
- Repair and coat the driveway
- Make maintenance improvements:
The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, yet can substantially improve a home’s appearance (value), efficiency and comfort.
- Trim trees and shrubs
- Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors
- Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
- Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary
- Ventilate & dehumidify closed basements and crawl spaces
- Grade soil around the house to prevent ponding of water next to the foundation
- Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
- Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
- Have chimneys professionally cleaned & inspected
- Check the major systems:
A primary concern for home buyer’s is the condition of the basic structure and major mechanical systems. Most buyers have great fear of the cost to repair these critical areas. Recheck:
- Roof structure and covering
- Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
- Central heating and air conditioning systems
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- Prepare for the buyer’s inspection:
Find the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector:
- Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
- Age of major components such as the roof, furnace, air-conditioner, etc.
- Major component warranties
- Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months
- Pre Home Inspection:
This will encourage buyers to make good offers without any conditions when you have a good pre-home inspection report.
It also helps you prior to listing your property, to know what needs fixing, or what objections/hesitations buyers will feel. It is important to repair obvious faults or be prepared to price your home accordingly.
- Take safety precautions:
Protect your home and its occupants from danger. Good ideas that create a great impression:
- Install quality smoke detectors
- Install quality carbon-monoxide detector
- Ensure adequate outdoor lighting shows off house too
- ‘GFCI’ outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath & laundry areas
- Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions including around the electrical panel and furnace
- Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas
If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door. Check the tension on garage doors